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The sun is truly lovely, but it can also be a problem for skin. For me, this isn’t about skin ageing and preserving the appearance of youth at all costs—the ageing process is a wonderful thing, and to look older isn’t in any way a bad thing. Especially, that is, when one becomes older! No, for me, this is about having healthy skin. And I mention it here because certain skincare products can contain ingredients that make the skin more susceptible to the sun—whether shop-brought or home-made.
Typically, any products that have an exfoliating effect - whether that is a manual exfoliator such as a scrub or a chemical exfoliator such as a product containing alpha- or beta-hydroxy acid which - can leave the skin more prone to the effects of the sun’s rays.
Let me recommend that you wear a daily sunscreen if it is appropriate for you and cover up as much as possible when in the sun by wearing tightly-woven clothes, a hat, and sunglasses, and that you avoid the sun when it is at its strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. This is particularly important if you are using any of our recipes that contain citrus fruits—this is because they contain citric acid, which is great at resurfacing the skin and brightening, but in the process they slough away dead skin which is one of the skin’s many barriers to UVA and UVB rays.